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Roll Call: Bay Area Arts and Culture
A mix of tracks selected by Maggie Otero
Sea of Love: Cat Power / Myra Lee
Thunder Road: Bruce Springsteen
Francesca: Roy Harper
Museum of Flight: Damien Jurado
Whole Wide World: Wreckless Eric
I Am Goodbye: Bonnie Prince Billy
In California: Joanna Newsom
Land: Emily Lacy
Balance: Future Islands
SOSEW: Chris Duncan
The Beginning Of Memory: Laurie Anderson
Dj Margaret is joined in conversation with artist and curators CHRIS DUNCAN and MAGGIE OTERO of LAND AND SEA Editions, about the release of their latest edition, a paper record, and the sound performance by Chris at Will Brown.
CHRIS DUNCAN is an interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland, CA. He employs the use of color, repetition, and reflections to explore ideas of perception and transcendence in paintings, drawings, and installations. Duncan has also been publishing books, zines, and releasing records for over a decade. Under the moniker Hot and Cold, he copublished a seven year long, 10-issue series of very hand-built art books including well-over 100 artists. Under the moniker Land and Sea, he works with his partner, Maria Otero, to release monographs and records. As THE SUN, Duncan creates sonic happenings that dismantle the idea of audience and performer, offering a space for anyone willing to participate. Chris received his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and is a 2013 MFA candidate at Stanford University. He has performed, exhibited and is in the collection of Eli Ridgway Gallery, Berkeley Art Museum, SFMOMA, San Francisco Arts Commission, MOMA, Southern Exposure, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Halsey Mckay Gallery, and the Kemper Art Museum.
MAGGIE OTERO is an Oakland-based artists mostly known for her contribution as co-curator of the Adobe Books Backroom Gallery and an active supporter of the Bay area arts community. In addition Otero has worked with The Colima Project, in Colima, El Salvador, where she worked in documenting the community’s pre-civil war cooking techniques. Currently she is one half of Land and Sea.
LAND AND SEA is a fine art publishing house/record label/labor of love of Oakland based artists Maria Otero and Chris Duncan. Since its inception during the final breaths of 2009, LAND AND SEA has published 13 editions in the form of records, cds, monographs, and exhibition catalogs. Each edition of 100 has been affiliated with an event at art spaces throughout the Bay Area. The goal to not only provide accessible art-based books and records, but also to bring people together to have shared experiences and communicate by hosting events/performances. Performances and releases have included KALA, Baer Ridgway, Guerrero Gallery, Grace Cathedral, Macarthur B Arthur, Needles and Pens, and The Berkeley Art Museum. Their releases have been collected by SFMOMA and The Berkeley Art Museum. Land and Sea has worked with artists, Ryan Wallace, Colter Jacobsen, Tomo Yasuda, Trevor Montgomery, Danny Grody (Believer), Sean McFarland, Ryan Travis Christian, Kelly Ording, Mathew Zapruder and more. With plans on collaborating in 2012 with artists Sam Moyer, Eddie Martinez, Greg Stimac, Believer and Ruben Lorch-Miller. The New York Times gave a shout last year to Land and Sea in their article about small press/limited artist multiples titled A Quarterly Designed to Tweak All Senses, and you are quoted as saying “Downloading an MP3 is not beautiful; it’s an absent experience. Our approach is to make beautiful objects that also happen to have music in them.”
THE SOUND OF PAPER
WIDE AWAKE EDITIONS/LAND AND SEA 13
Edition of 12 stamped and numbered by hand; Cover, french paper bright white cover stock-laser engraved relief print; Gatefold interior, bright white masa paper-laser engraved relief print; Records, fabriano artistico 640 gram hot press-silkscreened and laser engraved relief print
Working within the language of the print but compelled to push away from traditional image making, Duncan created a double LP with hand-built gate-fold packaging. The records, however, are not 180 gram vinyl, but pieces of heavy-weight paper with embossed lines that serve as grooves for the record player needle to follow. The sonic results are a curious mix of white noise, sporadic beats, confusing discordance, and soft, warm harmony. Duncan discusses his print process and explore the sonic terrain of not only his records, but various other paper sources. Ripping, crumpling, amplifying, and looping, you created a lush, textured, and papery soundscape.
For more information on Land and Sea (Chris Duncan and Maggie Otero)
Eli Ridgway Gallery: Chris Duncan artist page
Art Practical: The Sound Issue Feature
Bad At Sports: badatsports.com/2012/episode-348-the-art-practical-sound-issue
A Quarterly Designed to Tweak All Senses by James Nestor; June 2, 2011
Sun and Moon Gatherings
Berkeley Art Museum
at 11:46 AM